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02-14-2007, 03:58 PM
From our friends at Threats Watch - The Other Marshall Plan (http://commentary.threatswatch.org/2007/02/the-other-marshall-plan/) by Michael Tanji.

On the eve of war in Europe President Roosevelt promotes a relatively young but highly capable brigadier named George C. Marshall to Army Chief of Staff: a four-star position. Once he became a full general, Marshall kicked off something of a purge of the old-school generals who wouldn’t or couldn’t get with the 20th century program. To replace them he advanced to the general officer ranks – just as he had been – a variety of obscure, sometimes infamous, but talented company and field grade officers.

Marshall knew that there was no way he was going to win a war of tanks, airplanes and blitzkrieg with leadership that cut their teeth on trench warfare and horse cavalry. I mean after all, this was the crew that court martialed Billy Mitchell, the father of US Air Power. Marshall needed sharp and open minds and forward-leaners. In a way, he had the luxury of not having to go to war with the Army he had; he was able to seed the Army he wanted.

The time has come for the promotion of a new Marshall to lead our national security apparatus, and with him a new purge of the old guard. Someone with the willingness to cast off those who cannot or will not adapt to the changes that are adversely impacting our ability to fight and win the war we are in now, as well as the conflicts of the future...

02-16-2007, 02:24 PM
I wonder if a poll was taken of the active duty Officer Corps, all branches, in which the 10 most inaffective, out-dated, dumb, incompetent, blundering General Officers were voted on, who would be in the top 10? Call it the Bum List. Would it be inappropriate to call for nominations here?